Dec 23, 2012 11:00pm EST
netscape, amazon, and google. when he listened to k.r., the idea seemed just as transformative. efficient, inexpensive, clean energy out of a box. but google... >> mm. >> 25 million. >> mm-hmm. >> this man said how much money? >> at the time, he said over $100 million. >> didn't smoke start coming out of your ears and--no? >> no. >> that was okay? >> that was okay. >> so nothing he said scared you? >> oh, i wasn't at all sure it could be done. >> but there was a selling point. clean energy was an emerging market worth gazillions. >> i like to say that the new energy technologies could be the largest economic opportunity of the 21st century. >> was this your very first-- >> clean energy investment? >> yeah. >> this was the very first. >> many followed, and the clean tech revolution in silicon valley was off and running with start-ups that produced thin, flexible solar panels, harnessed wind with giant balloons, or develop new fuels from algae. but bloom is among the most expensive. i heard, actually, so far, not just from kleiner perkins but total, $400 million. >> you're in the ballpark.
Dec 24, 2012 1:05am EST
. and david mihalchik, from google's u.s. cloud computing business. he has helped to establish and expand google's cloud computing footprint. he led their efforts to -- and was part of the team that launched google apps. prior, he was a senior manager with accenture. mark, you have had the luxury of being both inside and at the top level thinking about this and implementing it and we have heard about quicksilver and place. where do you see the next 10 years? if we did this in 10 years, we accomplishments, tell us about the technology changes. >> we are at the cusp of a new productivity model for government. i was excited to hear about the discussion of the first panel. there are four key elements. government that information is abundant, open, and nonproprietary. i had an article a few weeks ago that some of you may have seen, the project at m.i.t. we are at a point now where it is not clear about the collection and dissemination of information. you think about the discussion over the unemployment rate and other things. the crisis project, a couple guys with a cluster of servers, $15,000,